Chromebook

Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Remember Google’s Chromebox? The company is giving attendees at I/O one of the machines absolutely free. That’s not a bad present on top of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Nexus 7s that were given away yesterday. If you recall, the Chromebox is running Google’s Chrome OS and is designed to be a lightweight PC for basic multimedia and productivity tasks.

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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox Series 3 power up the OS

This week Samsung has released information and availability on their next two big Google Chrome OS-toting devices, namely the Chromebook Series 5 550 and the Chromebox Series 3. Both of these devices have been given an upgrade in look as well as in hardware, most notably in their upgrade to Intel Celeron processors (Sandy Bridge) for a major boost in power. The Chromebox totes a lovely 1.9GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840 (Sandy Bridge) CPU while the Chromebook comes with a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867.

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Sandy Bridge based Chromebook demoed at IDF Beijing

Sandy Bridge based Chromebook demoed at IDF Beijing

While the Chromebook hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google expected it to, OEMs are still working on them. Samsung demoed a Chromebook at this year's IDF in Beijing that would have an “instant on” boot thanks to new Coreboot code, a Linux-based BIOS replacement that talks to the computers hardware. Why does Coreboot sound so familiar? Just last week there was news that Google added code to Coreboot for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processor support. Is that what was on display at IDF?

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Chromium OS adds automatic Google Docs sync

Chromium OS adds automatic Google Docs sync

Good news for the seven of you that own a Chromebook! The latest version of Google’s open source, browser-based operating system, Chromium OS, is now able to automatically sync any files that have been uploaded to Google Docs. Documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, tables, music, movies, and archives will all be automatically synced to your Chromebook, as long as you’re willing to jump through a few hoops.

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Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook photos and manual leaked by FCC

An unannounced Chromebook from Sony has surfaced on the FCC website this week. The Sony VAIO VCC111 Chromebook has been pictured in several photos along with a user manual, all of which were recently published after the FCC's confidentiality agreement with Sony had lifted. The original filing actually dates back to last September.

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Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Chromium OS shown working with desktop manager

Since its inception, the Google Chrome operating system for Chromebook computers has been unique in its ability to work completely independently of the desktop environment. Very recently the open-source version of Chrome OS, Chromium, has been seen to be amped up by developers in a setup called Aura Shell to have not only a desktop which interacts directly with the offline storage space of the hardware its running on, but applications other than the Chrome browser being launched directly from the desktop as well. While some might say that this defeats the purpose of Chrome OS entirely, the developers working on this project insist that because this version of the OS still has a very cloud-based set of intentions, it remains true to the Chrome OS cause.

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